Squarepusher – Be Up A Hello
LP / DL / CD
Squarepusher recently released a new album, that he would ‘LIKE YOU TO LISTEN TO IT AT HIGH VOLUME !’ It’s a bleepy, bonkers multi textured smash to the skull. Fighting Boredom have been listening, read what we thought below.
Put this on and you are transformed into a kid discovering eight bit gaming for the first time, all those pixelated images and bright colours burying themselves into your cortex and making you crave more. This is the sound of those adventures all squelches, bleeps and beats. Roughly half of this collection of bonkers sounds is cornea blastingly bright, the rest as dark as the digital dungeons that the monsters chased you round on the old cathode tube beige monitor.
This album sounds like Squarepusher has discovered a bottle of decades old Orange Squash at the back of a dusty cobwebbed cupboard full of banned artificial colours and long forgotten E Numbers. Decided that it would be a good idea to drink the lot, undiluted, probably in one go, then while pin balling off the walls let himself loose on some ancient equipment.
It’s just ear splittingly brilliant, it’s a real sound of the past but feels shiny and new. Except that it doesn’t, it sneaks up on you, the darkness. it starts to leak in around half way though when the sound becomes more luscious and brings to mind the endless cities of Blade Runner then slips further into chrome landscapes and robotic reptilian skittering as it continues on it’s relentless journey.
It’s a blast. An essential listen, enjoy.
Squarepusher’s website is squarepusher.net he is also on Facebook.
All words by Adrian Bloxham.